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Clockwork

Design Your Business to Run Itself
Narrated by: Mike Michalowicz
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Do you worry that your business will collapse without your constant presence? Are you sacrificing your family, friendships, and freedom to keep your business alive? What if instead your business could run itself, freeing you to do what you love when you want, while it continues to grow and turn a profit?

It's possible. And it's easier than you think.

If you're like most entrepreneurs, you started your business so you could be your own boss, make the money you deserve, and live life on your own terms. In reality, you're bogged down in the daily grind, constantly putting out fires, answering an endless stream of questions, and continually hunting for cash. 

Now, Mike Michalowicz, the author of Profit First and other small-business best sellers, offers a straightforward step-by-step path out of this dilemma. In Clockwork, he draws on more than six years of research and real-life examples to explain his simple approach to making your business ultra-efficient. 

Among other powerful strategies, you will discover how to:

  • Make your employees act like owners: Free yourself from micromanaging by using a simple technique to empower your people to make smart decisions without you. 
  • Pinpoint your business's most important function: Unleash incredible efficiency by identifying and focusing everyone on the one function that is most crucial to your business.
  • Know what to fix next: Most entrepreneurs try to fix every inefficiency at once and end up fixing nothing. Use the "weakest link in the chain" method to find the one fix that will add the most value now.

Whether you have a staff of one, 100, or somewhere in between, whether you're a new entrepreneur or have been overworked and overstressed for years, Clockwork is your path to finally making your business work for you.

©2018 Mike Michalowicz (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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solid ideas and systems and great delivery.

well worth the time. get it. read it and implement it. for you businesses sake.

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A must read for small business owners

I listened to the audio version but will also be getting the book... I’m going to need to refer back to many of the points in this book.
If you’re a new small business owner... read this book
If you’ve been in business for years... read this book
Even if you feel like you’re crushing it... read this book

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Wonderful, practical book

Loved the book and Mike’s style. New and existing business owners wanting to get out of the trap of being everything to your company should read this. Book includes practical steps that everyone can understand and more importantly DO. Reminded me of the reason I set my business up in the first place.

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  • Dan
  • Melbourne
  • 05-12-2018

Great listen for bogged down business owners

Easy to listen to, well structured and with clear action points. Exactly what I look for in this kind of audio and Mike delivers.

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Loved It!

Like all Mike’s books I loved it. This is a process I am going through in my business at the moment. His insight are helpful and his delivery always makes it easy to listen to. Thanks MIke.

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Excellent read/listen

Another great book by Mike Michalowicz. thoroughly enjoyed it and it covers some great tips on how to slowly move yourself out if the day to day business and remove the biggest bottleneck... which is often you!

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enjoyed it

enjoyed it, easy to listen to and have downloaded the accompanying documents. would recommend to business owners.

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Game Changer

This book is one of my all time Top 3. Up there with Sinek's Start with Why. Easy to follow structure. Simple but powerful concepts. So much good stuff. And entertaining! Mike is a classic and his sense of humour is fantastic.

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I'm really enjoying this book!

Well structured and promotes meaningful and effective action to address the reason I'm reading the book - an aspiration to loosen my grip on my business!

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Mike is so helpful to my business

This is the third of Mike’s books I have listened to. And each one I can’t wait to read again! His style is so easy and clear. Plus packed full of actionable advice.

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  • Pierre
  • 30-10-2018

Simple, Easy & Quick to Implement Tools

I found this book, simple, to the point and easy to implement the recommended ideas and tools, it has already made a significant impact on how I run my small business.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-09-2018

I didn’t want to finish the last hour

If you want to hear the same things repeated over and over for 7 hours this is the book for you.

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  • Demetri Chambers
  • 25-10-2018

I really gained a lot from this book

This is a great book for anyone who is ready and willing to go to the next level in their business. I wish I had read it a long time ago.

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  • Andrew
  • 13-10-2018

What we needed...BADLY!

November 1, 2019 this book will have served it’s purpose… I will be out of the office and on a vacation wherever I want to be for four weeks :-) thank you Michael

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  • Kristen Bowen
  • 26-09-2018

Clock Work

My biggest takeaway from this book was I was creating more work for me by having my team come back and ask questions. I am making the transition to letting them know the outcome and then decide how to get their themselves. It has been a game changer for me. Hard but so worth it.

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  • Paul
  • 21-01-2019

My new favourite book

A better version of my favourite book the E-Myth Revisited. It's not about making yourself irrelevant but able to focus on what you want to focus on which most likely will generate more value

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  • Gabe Arnold
  • 19-01-2019

Mike is amazing

This is one of the easiest to apply and practical business books I’ve ever read. Thank you for keeping it real Mike! This shit works. Just like Profit First and The Pumpkin plan. I highly recommend this to all entrepreneurs!

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  • Suzi Dafnis
  • 16-01-2019

Love this book!

I’ve now read a couple of Mike Michalowicz’s books and I think this one is my favourite. As a business owner supporting other business owners, I see entrepreneurs in the survival trap every day, stuck, unable to see a way out where they can work more ON the business and get out of the day-to-day grind in their business. Mike’s insights, calls to action, and system will allow me to empower MY clients to grow and scale their businesses. And, I am so in love with the QBR (Queen Bee Role). When I shared this with my team today - declaring how important it is that I step into my own QBR quickly for the business to take its next leap.. a couple of team members applauded ;-) Um... ok!

Oh, and Mike’s humour had me literally LOL a number of times. Thanks so much. Suzi Dafnis - CEO, HerBusiness

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-2019

Hard to believe, but should be worth if when it works

I loved Profitt First ( if you hvnt read it do)
If you hv read it and hvnt implemented it yet...DO IT!
This book, I’m going to need to grow into. I’m a residential painting contractor and you hv inspired a growth in our business that is needed because there are two owners.

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  • GB
  • 10-01-2019

Great book

Mike always seems to be able to break things down to easily understand the concept and most importantly implement the plan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-11-2018

Another great business book

Really enjoyed Clockwork, I think the 4 week holiday maybe a bit of a pipedream at the moment, but I will definitely implement a lot of the strategies mentioned in the book. Mike is a great resource for entrepreneurs, and he comes across as if he does personally care about how well your business, and by extention your life, is doing.

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  • Ms. Emily J. Burnell
  • 14-11-2018

Runs like....

... Clockwork. Loads of good inspirational ideas for making your business perform efficiently. Off to implement the suggestions. Highly recommended.

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  • Stephen Nelson
  • 07-11-2018

As good as Mike M's previous work, if not better.

Lots of actionable content with his customary great humour and style. I've read all his books and the represent a great library of information for any budding or active entrepreneur.

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  • Drijen Shah
  • 03-11-2018

A fantastic follow up to Profit First

After reading and implementing Profit First, it was clear that Mike knows what he is talking about. It made a big difference to my mindset but also financially.

I listened to Clockwork within a week and already started seeing how it could be hugely beneficial to me and countless other small businesses.

He is one of the best narrators - easy to follow, funny but also very serious in terms of the message.

Looking forward to making my business run like clockwork!

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  • sosurko
  • 31-10-2018

another masterpiece

for the entrepreneur and small business person. it's a must.

worth a listen did it in 1 sitting

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  • mr r.
  • 18-10-2018

Solid logical processes.

Stirred up some fresh ideas and also provided a different perspective on the challenges faced in growing a business - and avoiding burn out. Rob. Little Man Coffee.

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  • Love Amazon
  • 05-10-2018

Must read / listen to


If you already read any of Mike’s other books you will know what to expect .... yet he still superseded my expectations.
Any entrepreneurs should read Clockwork. Books are now purchased for our team to read the book too. Excited to redesign our businesses to run as Clockwork. Thank you Mike. Hope to meet you one day

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  • Alec Sharples
  • 01-10-2018

Essential reading ...

Another excellent book from Mike Michalowicz and essential reading for anyone wanting to improve their and their business performance.

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  • Steve Gargett
  • 13-09-2018

The Best?

The author's style may polarise readers and listeners. Mike's style is engaging. The content is driving change within the management team in my company.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-2018

A game changer for scaling a business

This is a great listen for any entrepreneur who wants to scale their business. You want at least 1 axtionable insight from every book and there are at least 10 real gems here. game changer.